Hand, foot and mouth disease breaks out in Hartford and Waterbury


HARTFORD- Waterbury Schools said they have seven confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.

Five cases are at Rotella Magnet Elementary School and one case each at Crosby High School and Sprague Elementary School.

A notice went out to parents.

There are 19,000 students who attend Waterbury Public Schools.

The Waterbury Public Schools Superintendent’s office said they have aggressive cleaned and decontaminated impacted schools.

Meanwhile, Hartford Public Schools says they’ve got five students with hand, foot and mouth disease at the Noah Webster School.

They also planned to send information  to parents asking that students not return until 24 hours after symptoms cease.

Noah Webster is pre-K through eighth-grade school.

Coxsackie viruses are spread through close personal contact, according to the Center for Disease Control. Anyone can be infected, and somebody may spread the virus to to others just prior to the onset of symptoms. The incubation period is usually 3-5 days.

Those infected  will complain of a sore throat or sore mouth and loss of appetite. Fever of 101-102 lasting one or two days occurs and is usually accompanied by sores in the mouth. Sores can also occur on the hands and feet. The illness is mild and lasts one week or less.